Arts and crafts ideas: Arts and crafts to do at home
What is and art and craft?
We covered in detail the very basics of arts and crafts in a previous post “What is Arts and Crafts: Arts and Crafts 101.” We will not focus on the basics here. Except to mention, that Arts and crafts describes a wide variety of activities involving making things with one’s own hands.
What is paper work in Arts and Crafts?
Paper craft is the collection of art forms employing paper or card as the primary artistic medium for the creation of one, two or three-dimensional objects. Paper sculpture being the most difficult to master because it involves drawing, design and complex interlocking pattern making skills. Paper and card stock are the most widely used material in arts and crafts. They lend themselves to a wide range of techniques and can be folded, curved, bent, cut, glued, molded, stitched, or layered. Papermaking by hand is also an important paper craft. Painting and calligraphy though they are commonly applied as decoration are normally considered as separate arts or crafts.
Paper crafts are known in most societies that use paper, with certain kinds of crafts being particularly associated with specific countries or cultures. In Caribbean countries paper craft is unique to Caribbean culture which reflect the importance of native animals in life of people.
In addition to the aesthetic value of paper crafts, various forms of paper crafts are used in the education of children. Paper is a relatively inexpensive medium, readily available, and easier to work with than the more complicated media typically used in the creation of three-dimensional artwork, such as ceramics, wood, and metals. It is also neater to work with than paints, dyes, and other coloring materials. Paper crafts may also be used in therapeutic settings, providing children with a safe and uncomplicated creative outlet to express feelings.
What are creative activities for adults?
When we think arts and crafts it’s automatically assumed that they are activities for kids. However, there are several ways for the adult mind to be creative to nourish body and soul. You may try something once and realize it isn’t for you, or you may discover a hidden talent you never knew existed. After retirement, a lot of people usually find the time to pick-up a new hobby. Or otherwise try one they have always wanted to but never chanced before. Be adventurous; try some of these activities. You may find you are quite good and passionate about one or more of these. This is not an exhaustive list but it is a good place to start. Let me know which you love.
- Write Your Story
Maybe you have an idea for the next great American novel, or perhaps you’ve been looking to start writing your memoirs. Creative writing classes are typically easy to find — in the community or online — and are a great way to meet new people while indulging in a creative outlet.
- Take Up an Instrument
Learning a new instrument isn’t just a great way to stimulate your brain — it can also be fun! With enough practice, you may even become experienced enough to start or join a local band. Or perhaps you always played an instrument, but never performed. Now is your chance to share your talent.
- Get Involved in Local Theater
Love to act? Local theaters often have plenty of opportunities for everyone from novice actors to experienced entertainers. Even if hopping onstage isn’t your thing, there are tons of ways to get involved with your local theater company — such as helping with set design, stage management, lights and costumes.
- Take Professional-Style Photos
Learning a new technology has never been more accessible, and photography is no exception. Even if you don’t have a fancy camera, you can take a class to learn about angles, lighting and editing software to help make your pictures better than ever.
- Learn a Craft
Whether it’s knitting, embroidery, woodworking or pottery, learning a new craft can help you find a passion or talent you never even knew you had — and also can be an excellent stress reliever. Choose something that excites you so it won’t feel like a chore.
- Study a Language
Taking on a new challenge can be mentally stimulating and emotionally fulfilling. Try studying a new language you’ve always wanted to learn — and as a bonus, you could even plan a vacation to a location where you can practice your skills.
- Take a Cooking Class
“Studying” has never been more delicious. Sign up for a cooking class to learn new skills in the kitchen, try out different recipes or get creative with cake decorating. Or, if you can’t find a class in your area, challenge yourself with new recipes and techniques through online tutorials, like Salted.
- Embrace Your Inner Artist
You don’t have to be an exceptionally talented painter to enjoy the process of making art. Consider taking a drawing class or, if you aren’t ready to commit to a new pastime, attend a “wine and design” or “paint and sip” event where an instructor will lead you through the process step by step — wine optional.
What Can I Make to Sell?
Many people enjoy arts and crafts but never take that extra step to make them available for sale.
If you’re crafty and have the time and space to make your craft items in larger quantities, there are a variety of items you can create to sell for extra money from home. In fact, with a little planning, you can build a complete home business using your own creative skills.
If making money from your creativity sounds fun, exciting, and full of potential, here are some ideas on hand-crafted goods you can make and sell.
Quality home-made jewelry is very popular because each item is usually unique. An advantage to jewelry is that it’s small and easy to pack to take to craft fairs and/or ship if you sell online. Materials for jewelry can vary to include handmade polymer clay beads, stones, metal, crystal, leather, and more.
People enjoy unique works of art to display in their home and office. Art doesn’t have to be a painting. It can include photographs, wall hangings made from fabric, or other items, wall stickers and more. Further, it doesn’t have to hang on a wall. You can make decorative items that sit on a mantle or bookshelf.
- Soap/Bath Products
There’s nothing like a good soak in the tub. Handmade soap and bath products are popular, especially if they’re created for sensitive skin and made with organic products. You can make regular bar soap, or get molds and dies to create shapes and colors. You can add scent to your products as well. Beyond soaps you can make bath bombs, bubble bath, wash clothes, and lotions. These items can also generate repeat sales because they’re consumable.
Similar to soap, you can make candles in a variety of shapes, colors, and scents. Further, you can use different unique items to house your candles such as mason jars, teacups, and shells.
- Sewn, quilted, crochet, kneaded Items
If you know how to sew, there are many things you can create and sell, such as purses, coin pouches, and bags, pillow covers and blankets, pot holders and aprons and more. You can sew clothing, such as costumes, children’s dresses, or doll clothes.
People need help storing and organizing their everyday household and office items. While a coffee cup or plastic bin can do, many people like to buy unique decorative items. Ideas include wood or painted glass utensil holders, pencil holders, decorative boxes for storing files or photographs, and more.
- Decorative Dishes, Cups, and Glasses
Are you handy with a paintbrush? Painted dishes, cups and glasses, especially wine glasses are very popular. Or perhaps you can etch on a beer stein or mason jar. Instead of paint or etching, you can use decoupage to decorate kitchen items. Decorative dishes, mugs and glasses make great gifts, which makes them a great item to create.
Many people in business like to buy personalized magnets, buttons or pins to give away to potential customers. Or you can make your own unique item and start a trend (remember bottle cap magnets?).
- Pet Goods
People love their pets. And they love to spoil their furry friends, so making a home business in the pet market is a good idea. Items you can make for the pet market include pet beds, clothes, and collars. Plus, you can create decorative items, such as art or a locket that can hold the pet’s picture.
- Paper Goods
One advantage to creating paper goods is that in some cases you can sell them digitally. You can create a personalized planner, checklists, stickers, etc and they can be delivered as a digital file that the customer can print on their end (they can buy sticker paper at the office store.)
Arts and Crafts Ideas for Kids
How do I entertain my 4 year old at home?
- Learn the basics of cooking
- Make s’mores.
- Cook from a kids recipe book.
- Teach them to flip a pancake…fry an egg…cut with a knife
- Let them help you bake or decorate their birthday cake
Make and Create
- Make a Nature Table.
- Color and draw – Make a basic craft kit, so it’s easy for your child to be creative.
- Paint – watercolors, acrylics, use unusual materials like cars or balls to roll in the paint.
- Get lost in building Legos or other building toys.
We spend hours building Lego and recording “commercials” about the sets we create! This is such a fun age!!
- Make Forts – anywhere and everywhere from boxes, trees, blankets, and couch cushions.
- Make Fairy Houses in the back yard – We love this Fairy Houses book.
Make a tinker box…. Broken items they could “fix” using real tools. Wood, nails, glue, etc.
- Let your child take pictures.
- Start a journal to draw or write their favorite part of the day, things that concern them and make them happy or sad.
Keep a diary with photos, writing, and drawings…Write what they want to do when they are older and why. Let them tell stories and record it just the way they tell it.
And perhaps the most important idea:
So much you can do, follow your heart – talk with him, they have such good ideas. Get lost in play….away in adventures! Just BE with them, that’s what they LOVE x
Let’s add to this list! What arts and crafts do your kids absolutely love? Scroll down to leave a comment.
More activities for four, five, and six-year-olds:
Younger children in this category are learning how to express their emotions, and they are reaching more and more milestones in their development. So, it is always good to encourage our younger children to explore, discover, create, and learn whenever possible.
Sensory Developmental Activities
These kinds of activities can help improve a child’s vocabulary and also encourages hand-eye coordination. By allowing our children to use rolling pins and cookie cutters, play dough, and participate in other hands-on activities, for example, we are allowing them to immerse themselves in these beneficial sensory activities.
These sensory activities can also help them improve their focus, learn more about the sensation of touch, and can help with motor skills, reading skills, and other important skills.
Teaching your child a few daily life activities at this age can help them improve their concentration while also teaching them about responsibility and empathy. Activities like caring for a pet, dish-washing, and folding laundry are things they can do in the home with their parents. They can have fun while learning these important life skills.
Activities like board games, card games, story time, and dance time should all be on your 4-6 year olds must do list because these activities not only encourage family time and socialization, they also encourage creativity, teach them how to listen to instructions, and can help them refine their problem-solving skills.
Walks, obstacle courses, gardening, riding a bike, and playing catch are all fun outdoor activities that can help a child with their hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and improving their concentration. It also allows them to express their creativity while learning more about observational powers.
For a child to develop their thinking and reasoning skills, cognitive activities can help. From math skills to object association and problem-solving, activities like puzzles, matching, and blocks are ideal for this age range.